By Denise R. Womer, Ph.D., Faculty Member, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Careers in public safety include policing, court systems, and corrections for public and private sectors. Within the main categories of public safety
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the anticipated occupational growth potential for many of these careers range from 5% to 11% increase over the next 7 years.
This expected increase could provide opportunity for women with specialized education with criminal justice background (IAWP, 2015; BLS, 2014).* In 2015, the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) celebrated its 100-year anniversary of women in policing. Here are some interesting statistics:
Currentlythere are approximately 212 female Police Chiefs across the U.S. This is 3% of Chiefs and Sheriffs nationwide
- Women make up 15% of our federal law enforcement field currently (IAWP, 2015; BLS, 2014).
While these numbers are impressive, there remains room for growth.
As you consider a career in public safety, it is important to research the educational requirements for the position you seek. For instance, many state and federal positions require a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public safety, or a related degree. Most local agencies require an associate’s degree for level-entry positions. A college education can provide a candidate with the relevant knowledge and communication skills for today’s competitive work environment.
Further, college internships for women in the field can provide an excellent opportunity for networking and
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. (2014). Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015, Police and Detectives. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-1
International Association of Women Police. (2015). Celebrating 100 Years. Retrieved from http://www.iawp.org/history/policewomenfirstcentury.htm